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Wilson, George Washington, Jr.

(born: April 10, 1925) George Washington Wilson, Jr. was a professional boxer from Louisville, KY. He competed in the light heavy and middle divisions from 1947-1954. Of his 29 bouts, he won 10 with 2 KOs, lost 16 with 11 KOs, and had 3 ties [source: BoxRec: George Wilson]. George W. Wilson, Jr.'s boxing career started May 12, 1947 at the Jefferson County Armory in Louisville in a fight against Sol Lewis. His career started with a win over Sol Lewis, and his career ended with a win over Bob O'Bannon at the Owensboro Sports Center in Owensboro, KY, November 24, 1954.

George W. Wilson, Jr. had been a truck driver before becoming a boxer, according to his 1952 boxer's license application for the state of Wisconsin [source: application in Ancestry]. He weighed in at 188 pounds. His manager was Tom Leeper from Indianapolis, IN. On the back of the application form, only two fights were listed, the ones with opponents Lou Woods and  Jesse McGowan. George W. Wilson, Jr. had actually had 13 other fights. He lost the fight with Lou Woods on a TKO, August 2, 1950 in Music Hall, in Detroit, MI. He won the fight with Jesse McGowan on a TKO at the Jefferson County Armory on November 15, 1952. The fight with Jesse McGowan was his most recent fight before applying for the boxing license in Wisconsin. The license was in preparation for his fight with Wilbur Dilly, which George W. Wilson, Jr. lost on a TKO in the Auditorium in Milwaukee, December 29, 1952.

In 1954, George W. Wilson, Jr. fought Billy Hester for the USA Kentucky Middle Weight Title. Wilson lost a 12 round decision to Hester. The fight took place at the Labor Temple in Louisville, KY on September 3, 1954. [See also Billy Hester in the Afro-American Encyclopedia, 1974, v.4, p.1189.] 

George Washington Wilson, Jr.'s full name comes from his 1943 WWII Draft Registration Card [source: in Ancestry]. At the time, he stood 5'11" and weighed 171 pounds. He lived at 602 1/2 S. 9th Street in Louisville.


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NKAA Entry: Hester, Billy
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: Afro-American encyclopedia

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